Exodus 40:36

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;

Read Exodus 40:36 Using Other Translations

And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out.
Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it.

What does Exodus 40:36 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 40:36

And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle,
&c.] By the Lord himself, or it removed by his order, that is, rose up and stood above the tabernacle, and appeared in the form of a pillar, and went before it:

the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys;
the motion of the cloud was a direction to set forward and continue their journey as long as it lasted; but when it rested and abode upon the tabernacle, then they stopped and rested also, as is suggested in the following verse ( Exodus 40:37 ) , see ( Numbers 9:17-23 ) thus the saints are to be followers of God as dear children, and to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes or directs, and walk after the Spirit, the dictates and directions thereof; so the wheels in Ezekiel's vision went and stood, as did the living creatures, and the spirit in them, ( Ezekiel 1:19-21 ) .

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